Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Friday, October 31, 2008

Take Me Back To Tulsa ( Welch )

My okie gear

Ready for work

Cowboy Dave checking out his calves

My view from the drivers seat

Seth working the alley

Kayla and Cole working the tub

Sick calves
Seth marks a calf with chalk to show it's been medicated

Resident barn owl

Frosty morning at the ranch

Haulin hay

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Yo Where You Bin?

We look like a couple of wise guys.
Lynn had some kind of sausage with a German name I can't remember.
I had pastrami on rye with a Dr. Browns Celrey. The classic combo.

The lady in the tank top to the left is siting where Meg Ryan faked it.

Katz's Deli Lower East side. The real deal since 1888.

Look at the dates on this head stone.

Graveyard at Trinity Church. peace and quite in the middle of the city.

Memorial at firehouse next to WTC.

WTC site. Nothing but new construction. Life goes on.

At least I can say I was in the stadium before they demolished it.

Yankee Stadium in the rain. Not good.

Times Square in the rain. Makes it look even more impressive.

Times Square. You have to see it to believe it.

Our Hotel was about fifty yards of of this street ( Broadway) in the heart
of Times Square.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I think she's one of us

I hate class warfare. It all ways puts me off a little
when I hear someone make a negative comment
about a rich boy or trust fund kid. I'm only
interested in who a person is, not what kind
of background they come from. I don't resent
wealthy people. They are an important part of
our society and our economy. I wish we had more
of them. I wish I was one of them. I can't stand
the envy and spite that is constantly aimed
toward the rich. It's the devils tool and a big
part of whats wrong with the world.

Having said that.

I like someone who hunts moose with a $600.00
Winchester more than I like someone who hunts
quail with a $10,000.00 over and under.

I like someone who went to a small state university
better than I like someone who went to an Ivy
League school.

I like someone who has five kids, The oldest in
the Army and the youngest in diapers more
than I like someone with two kids in private
prep school.

I like someone who gives their kids goofy
names like Track and Bristol more than
I like people who give their kid four names
with a roman numeral at the end.

I damn sure prefer someone who has worked in
blue caller industry and small business over
a lawyer/politician or a dilettante with a
trust fund to bail him out every time he fails.

I like someone who knows a retard baby
is better than no baby.

Earlier this year Barack Obama said if
one of his girls got pregnant he wouldn't
want her mistake to be punished with a baby.
Any man who thinks this way is nothing but
a dirty son of bitch and it would be a cursed
people who would make him president.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Apache Banner V 4.0

Just a few shots of the new Apache Banner
location. This is the forth location in 25 years
and is by far the best. We've been here
for almost a year and it's still a work in
progress but it's looking better all the time.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Thanks But No Thanks?

A roofing contractor was busy working on replacing the shingles
at the peak of a steeply pitched roof one day when he suddenly
lost his footing and began to slide toward the edge of the roof
where he would certainly fall off the building sustaining serious
injury or even death. He immediately uttered a prayer as he was
falling. " Lord if you save me I promise to all ways keep the
commandments and be forever grateful." As soon as the
prayer left his mouth his overalls caught on a protruding nail
immediately arresting his fall. "Never mind that last prayer
Lord. "The man said. "This nail saved me so I don't need your
help after all."
It's an old story. Anyone who's been to enough church meetings
or has a mother with a Readers Digest subscription has heard
it more than once. It still illustrates one of the weaker attributes
of humane nature. Nearly the entire history of the
Book of Mormon people can be summed up by the above story.
I am no exception and this frustrates me. The proper amount
of pressure will always cause me to turn to the Lord for
help. As soon as the the pressure relents to even the
slightest degree though I begin to think I had things
well in hand all along. It's shocking how quickly I begin
to slide back in to old bad habits of thought and action
( or inaction.)
The past two years have been particularly challenging
in every aspect of my life. Some of the greatest
challenges have been financial. Times have been
difficult for most of us and being self employed has
taught me to weather the ups and down of the economy
fairly well but for the last two years the drop in business
has been very disproportionate in relation to the
economic down turn. To complicate matters, literally
every piece of equipment in the shop has failed completely
and has had to be replaced or has required extensive
and very costly repairs. All within the last six months.
The unexpected costs alone have nearly wiped me out.
At the end of May I was faced with the distressing
decision of either keeping the doors open maxing out
debt in the not wholly unreasonable hope that a 25 yr.
old business would eventually recover or calling it quits
and getting a real job leaving the business debts unpaid.
Any decent accountant would say call it quits after seeing
the books.
For many years I have learned to put great faith in the
law of tithing and that faith has all ways been rewarded.
I have continued to pay a full tithe as well as a generous
fast offering throughout my financial struggles.
I decided to exercise a little more faith and determined
to fast one day a week for the month of June for the
welfare of the business. the second week of June we
received a large order. We had bid on the job nearly
two months earlier and were sure we had lost the job.
The rest of the month was still very slow but that one job
was just enough to keep the doors open for another month.
When I delivered the order the the second week of July
the customer placed a second order twice as large as
the first. The money from this job allowed me to get
caught up on all the unpaid bills and at least get even.
August has all ways been one of the slowest months
of the year for us. We're not exactly raking in the
profits this month but I can confidently say the
past two weeks have been one of the best starts
in the month of August that I can remember in a long time.
Now that the pressure has been relived I feel tremendous
gratitude but I also know I'm all ready sliding back into
my old habits. I don't know what to do other than to
just keep trying to be better. I just felt I should publicly
acknowledge the blessings of providence some where to
remind me when I forget.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Friday, July 25, 2008

Ou' avez-vous e'te' ?

Here are some pictures of a trip I took to
Paris and Brussels about three years ago.
I'm in most of the shots because I'm vain
and it also proves I was really there.
The little boy and girl are the children of some vagrant
hippies that kept following me around.
I thought they were kind of cute so I took a few pictures of them.
These people were so poor they couldn't even afford gloves
for their little boy. I think he may have got frost bite.
I hope he didn't end up like the lady in the statue behind us.
The photo of me and the other guy with the
Eiffel Tower behind us was taken on top of the
Arc de Triomphe. I was holding my camera
out at arms length to take a pictureof myself
when this guy just jumped into the shot.
I think he probably was retarded.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Where have you been?

I thought I'd post some photos from some of
my travels. Allot of my trips happened back in
the 1900's so I'll have to learn how to scan my
old film pictures into the computer.
Meanwhile here are some pics. from a hunting
trip to Alaska about three years ago.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Local grub

12oz can of Coca-Cola.
Available world wide.

Green Chili burrito
Los Dos Molinos Mesa, Az
Order the number 5 combo green with beef
if you survive you'll be addicted for life.
runner up The Burger House Miami, Az.

Taqueria Jalisco Broadway and Alma School Mesa, Az
Don't be such a gringo try it you'll like it.

Cocktail de camarones y pulpo.
Taqueria Jalisco Broadway and Gilbert Mesa, Az
So good you may change you're mind about
illegal immigration.

Chips and Salsa
Los Dos Molinos
runner up Islands Hamburgers several valley locations.

Main and Country Club Dr. Mesa, Az
Cold creamy cinnamon and vanilla goodness
made fresh daily.

My house.
Farm fresh dry aged choice beef
provided by Chapman Cattle Co.
Welch, Ok.

Hamburger sit down restaurant
Triple prime cheeseburger Ruby Tuesday's various
valley locations.
It's like a butter sandwich that tastes like beef.
Runner up. The Firehouse Apache blv. Tempe, Az
I'm not sure they are still open. The light rail may
have killed them.

Hamburger fast food
In and Out Burger. The valley, Las Vegas, SoCal.
Double Double animal style no lettuce or tomato
Runner up Fatburger. Same locations as In and Out.
Order you're burger with a fried egg and grilled onions.

Chicago style
Al's Hotdogs Power & Brown Mesa,Az
Firedog with everything. a suitable replacement for
the long lost and greatly missed Dad's doghouse.
New York style
I haven't found one yet. Open for suggestions.
Charcoal grilled
Ted's Hotdogs Broadway & Mclintock? Tempe, Az

Texas style
Cooper's BB-Q Gilbert & Ray Gilbert, Az
I over heard some people from Texas compliment
Jeff ( the owner and my cousin) on the brisket.
That's the only endorsement you need.
Note to family members. Jeff has a cool old ariel
Photo of the dairy hanging on the wall.

Fried Chicken fast food
Charly's Chicken and BB-Q Miami (Miam-uh) Ok.
Local for me is relative.

I don't have a favorite. Open for suggestions.
I prefer New York style. I think Nelo's is
over rated.

Submarine sandwich
Che ba Hut
North side of Dobson Rd. across from MCC Mesa, Az
I don't like hippies or potheads and lesbians make
me uncomfortable. You will find all of the above
at Che ba but the the food makes the trip behind
enemy lines worth it.
I order the five-o. Lots of pork products.
It's almost as good as the gone forever
big joe's pastrami dip from Dad's.

Chinese Buffet.
Hong Kong Gourmet
Main st. west of Dobson Mesa, Az
A little expensive but good variety excellent
quality and full of some of the fattest people
you will ever see.

Cafe Du Monde French Quarter New Orleans, La.
Beignets, the king of all doughnuts. Nothing else
comes close. Don't say Krispy Kream because
you don't even know.
Alternate source Ralf Brennen's Jazz Kitchen
Downtown Disney adjacent to Disneyland Anaheim, Ca
Just as good as New Orleans for double the price.

Restaurants that aren't very good but we all still eat there

Pete's Fish & Chips
Main and Mesa Dr. Mesa, Az
Natives talk about this place like it's something special.
When new comers try it they say " what the hell?
this food sucks!" Before long they begin to crave it
fortnightly like the rest of us. No onion rings on Friday.

Autumn Moon Chinese Buffet
I've eaten here hundreds of times in the past thirty years.
Every time I do every time I get sick, and yet I all ways
go back. Is this what it's like to be a woman in an abusive

Matta's Mexican Food
Higley and Brown Mesa, Az
Yes that location is correct. When I noticed they had
closed the original location on Main street after at least
fifty years in that same building I realised that half the
reason more than half the reason I ate there was the
atmosphere and memories of the building.
I'm not sure I'll ever set foot in the new place.
I wonder how long it will be before the City of Mesa
buys the old building and tears it down so they can
add another vacant lot to their collection.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Two hundred thirty three years

I started watching the HBO mini series John Adams
last night. ( I rented the first two episodes from netflix.)
The show has received excellent reviews and so far I'm in
total agreement. If you have any interest in American history
I highly recommend you check it out.
In the second episode there is a scene depicting
John Adams leaving his family behind in Massachusetts
to attend the continental congress in Philadelphia. As he
is riding away on his horse a young John Quincy Adams
watching his father leave proclaims " I hate the congress!"
I rose half way out of my chair and shouted at the television
" I hate the congress too, two hundred and thirty three years
later I hate congress!"

Monday, July 14, 2008

Get Real

For all the people who don't believe I'm in my forties and don't think I need to lose wight.